Survey and Planning Grants provide 50% matching federal funds for the preparation of community surveys, preservation plans, preparation of historic district studies and legislation, archaeological surveys, nominations to the National Register, and educational preservation programs. Eligible applicants are local historical commissions, Certified Local Governments, local and state agencies, educational institutions, and private organizations. For the FY2018 grand round applicants are limited to the Certified Local Government municipalities of Boston, Bedford, Brookline, Danvers, Eastham, Easton, Falmouth, Framingham, Gloucester, Grafton, Hingham, Holyoke, Lexington, Lowell, Medfield, Medford, Methuen, New Bedford, Newton, Plymouth, Quincy, Salem, Somerville, and Worcester.
In years when the Commonwealth authorizes funds, monies are available for the restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and documentation of historic and archaeological properties owned by municipalities or nonprofit organizations. Through the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF)*, 50% matching grants are available to qualifying properties listed on the State Register to ensure their physical preservation.
Scopes of work for projects range from the acquisition of an endangered property, to the restoration of an historic building, to research projects such as historic structures reports.
*(MGL Ch. 9 Section 27A)
Preservation Restrictions* protect historic and archaeological properties
from changes that may be inappropriate. A Preservation Restriction (easement)
on a property restricts present and future owners from altering a specified
portion of that building, structure, or site. A restriction can run for
a few years or in perpetuity and may be included as part of the property
deed. Preservation restrictions can be donated or purchased by a government
body or private preservation organization and are enforced by the holder
of the restriction.
Charitable donations of easements on historical buildings or archaeological
sites may qualify for federal income tax deductions.
*(MGL Ch. 184 Sections 31-33)